Glencoe Cabins & Caravans, Glencoe

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Glencoe Independent Hostel is not one of the cheapest hostels, but it is not overly expensive, and is actually well priced for the quality of facilities provided.

The Location

The hostel is a fairly long walk from the bus stop in town. It is roughly two miles, and it is also a long walk from the start of most of the hiking trails in Glencoe, and to the only grocery store. Glencoe is a very small town, though, and it is a beautiful, scenic walk into town.

Rooms and Bathrooms

We stayed in a six-bed dorm, which has three sets of bunk beds. It is very clean, and even when the room is full, it doesn't feel crowded. The beds are very comfortable, and they provide linen for free. There is a dresser provided for people staying longer to keep their clothing in. There are plenty of outlets in the bedroom we stayed in, which is helpful when multiple people want to charge phones and cameras. The heaters also work well.

There are a few bathrooms, all individual. There are some reserved for women, some reserved for men, and some that are co-ed. The washrooms are remarkably clean. One has a toilet, shower, and sink in it. There are ones with just a shower in them, and there are ones with just a toilet in sink in them. We only once had to wait to get into one.

Common Spaces

There is a common sitting area with couches and a fireplace, and common eating area, and a kitchen. All of them are tidy and well furnished. They offer free tea and coffee in the kitchen, and there are plenty of dishes and cutlery available for common usage. There are also two large gas stoves. It has a very cozy atmosphere, and from the living room there is a beautiful view of one of the mountains.


They offer a laundry service, which is helpful for people who are traveling for an extended period of time. They also have a binder at the front desk with information on hiking and other activities to do while staying in Glencoe. There is also free Wi-Fi, but only in the reception area. The locks on the front door to the hostel and the bedroom doors all work using key codes, although for most of our stay the lock on our door was not working. Overall, we had a very enjoyable experience, and have fond memories attached to this hostel.

Six Bed Room Six Bed Room Common Area Kitchen Kitchen Shower Washroom Eating Area View from the Window

Glencoe Youth Hostel is located in one of the best parts of Scotland -- that is, if it's not raining and you can see the scenery. If you can, you're in for a treat.

The Location

The hostel is located a little bit out of town, which is fine if you're in a car. It's also very easy to find, with plenty of signs, so you won't have trouble. If you're on foot, it's a little bit of a hike, probably about half a mile or so from the centre of town. But if you've come to hike then that shouldn't be a problem -- you'll be fit and up to the task. There is plenty of parking outside if you are driving.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms are incredibly clean and spacious. They even have a sink and a mirror, which is great for first thing in the morning or just to clean your teeth at night. There are even some double beds for family rooms. The showers are all new and very clean. Liquid soap and a towel are provided.

Common Spaces

The kitchen area is one of the best of the Scottish YHAs, with a long area for cooking that opens up directly on where you eat. It's really cosy and warm, great on a cold Scottish day, and there even seems to be food on the "free food" shelves. Plus they also give you free tea and coffee -- not a feature of every YHA.


The staff are really helpful and gave us some great details on walks to do around Glencoe, which were fabulous. In all, Glencoe Youth Hostel is a highly recommended place.


Amazing, peaceful, homey

we stayed in the cabin for a long weekend! the cabin was great! really cosy and tranquil! the views of the surroundings are something else to wake up to! the owners were really friendly an helpful! definitely recommend this place.

aaron huey

After years of using hostels (usually SYHA hostels) my friend and I decided to try this hostel. Very poor accommodation with things such as leaking toilet, window pane in front door smashed (had been dodgily covered with a little plastic sheet?!), the "hostel" was damp particularly in the toilet (this had equally dodgily been painted over, as if to disguise). No bedding whatsoever, at least with the SYHA hostels you are given clean bedding. We asked about this and were told we could hire sleeping bags at 1.50 per bag. Having no choice (no refunds given) we accepted, sleeping bags I should add I never knew the thickness (or lack of) existed. To top the whole experience off the hostel was not heated whatsoever! We were told that it was on a timer and would go on -- it did not! My friend and I ended up joining the two sleeping bags together and shivered on the same mattress to try to keep warm! A miserable and freezing experience. I'll be sticking to SHYA hostels who at least are monitored unlike this lot.

Extremely Unimpressed

I'm from the Netherlands. My friends and I were walking the West Highland Way. We stayed one night at this hostel and we enjoyed it very much. The next morning the people who run the hostel brought us back to the West Highland Way. They are very nice people. The bunkhouse was also very nice.

Mandy De Bont

Friendly, relaxed, warm atmosphere what a joke! I've never met such a miserable hostel owner. The woman gave our (prepaid and reserved) beds away to other people who were deemed to be wetter and more in need of accommodation than we were (after we'd just returned to the hostel from a marathon climb up Ben Nevis). We received no apology for the extreme inconvenience, and the lack of apology very nearly descended into abuse from the owner of the hostel.

We were then made to blatantly ignore all fire safety regulations displayed on the hostel notice boards by having members of our party sleep on the dorm floor or two to a bed.

If you want to book a hostel in the knowledge that you'll have a room when you turn up, then don't book a room here.


Not very good or responsive. I spent a miserable few days there till we were able to book alternative accommodations. Be wary. It's cheap but straw-shack basic.


This hotel is very cold, and small, with no warm rooms and bad service. It is a freezer.


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Glencoe Cabins & Caravans Reviews from the Web

Amazing place beautiful and a great spot for some rest


Excellent big kitchen with all the equipment you might require. Toilets and showers are clean and hot water plentiful. The living room is big with sofas and seating for quite a crowd. The dining room had plenty of tables and chairs, with room for many people. Security entry is a reasssuring touch. The bunkrooms were warm and bunks comfy and cosy. The best thing was the log fire - brilliant. All at very reasonable rates.


Super helpful staff and all facilities were brilliant! Highly recommend


Great little hostel with cosy fireplace, wish I could have stayed longer. Waking up here was amazing


Enjoyed my stay here. Worth noting I stayed in the attic dorm. Accommodation itself was solid, had single beds which was a nice change. Kitchen and the lounge area were nice too.

Main issue was toilets/shower situation. I was there when it was full (roughly 24ish people) between them all was one dedicated male shower and 2 toilets (assume was the same for girls), then there was 1 unisex shower. Really don't think this is enough giving number of people there, usually had to wait to use them.


Perfect location if you want to see the Highlands and a supermarket is only a 10 minute drive away. The shared living space in our dorm was big, however the chairs are plastic at a dining room table and there is no comfortable lounge to relax on after a big day of hiking. The kitchen was really good as it had staples and what we needed to make a nice home cooked meal on the stove. The rooms are quite tiny so not a lot of room for luggage, but the beds are comfy. Overall it was a good experience.


Fantastic hostel, cosy, comfortable and welcoming. Will definitely be back!


I didnt see a single staff person there during my stay. I had to be let into the hostel and my room by other guests. Staff left me a note at the entrance saying theyre sorry they are not there and that theyll be there after 5pm (I arrived at 6:30pm) but no one ever came (check in is supposedly until 9pm). I waited for 35 mins and used the emergency phone multiple times with no answer. Thankfully someone else was leaving the hostel and let me in. No staff throughout the evening or at checkout.



sleeps 18 people, and is split into 3 bedrooms each with accommodation for 6 people. The rooms been newly decorated, with new beds and sofas. They are heated and spacious.

The kitchen has been totally refitted with new units and seating area.There is a shower and toilets which are to be refurbished and there is a further shower block which is separate from the hostel (50 yards away).

The drying room is currently attached to the hostel but will be relocated later in the year

sleeps 12 people and is split into 2 bedrooms, one with 8 beds and one with beds.

There is a large sitting room with open fire.

The kitchen has been totally refitted with new units and seating area.

The cottage has its own drying room and has a toilet, shower and also has access to an extra shower and toilet block.

sleeps 24 people, perfect for large groups.

It is spacious and well equipped and has heating.

There is also a drying area within the Log Cabins and there are toilets and showers

sleep from 4 people to 6 people and are set away from the hostels in a more peaceful setting.

They are all fully self contained with a kitchen and shower and toilet.
There is plenty of land to put a tent up to a maximum of 10 tents.

Location and Contact


• Welcome to Glencoe hostel. Set in approximately 4 acres of land in Glencoe on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, the hostel is in the heart of this magnificent glen and is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, wildlife and history.
• Under new ownership since July 2003, there is a friendly relaxed and warm atmosphere,
• offering various types of accommodation and services. The hostel is open most of the year there is someone on site to help you from morning till late at night. Glencoe village is about 1¼ miles away and is easily accessible whether you are walking or travelling by car.
• The nearby Clachaig Inn is at the east side of us and is just a 10 minutes' walk away. This offers live music mid week and weekends, with real ales, beers, spirits and an extensive selection of whisky also providing good food. We are also very close to the West Highland Way and can accommodate you as an individual or as a group.
• Location
• Glencoe Hostel is conveniently located just off the main A82 trunk road, one of the most stunning drives in the country through dramatic Highland scenery. We are approximately 500 yards before the Glencoe Visitor Centre.
• Grid reference NN. 116577
• Fort William approx. 15 miles north
• Oban approx. 34 miles west
• Inverness approx. 84 miles north
• Skye, Mull, etc. a full day trip
• Click here for an interactive map
• Local Transport
• By Car
• The main A82 can be accessed from either Glasgow or Stirling to the south or from Fort William and Inverness to the north.
• Bus Services
• The Citylink bus service drops off at Glencoe Visitors centre and Glencoe crossroads. The Kinlochleven bus also drops off at Glencoe crossroads.
• Visit the Citylink website for bus timetable information.
• Local Taxi Services
• Rob Roy Private Hire, Kinlochleven, 01855 831320 or 07748572136
• John MacLennan, Fort Williaml: 01397 702 248
• Lochaber Taxis, Fort William: 01397 705 000
• Taxi services at Glasgow Airport: Glasgow Airport Taxis, 07703 262470
• Train Services
• Trains available from Fort William or Bridge of Orchy. Ffor more information on train services visit the Scotrail website.



Address: Near Ballachulish, Argyll, Glencoe, The Highlands, Scotland

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Phone Number: +44 (0) 1855 811906
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Facilities and Amenities



Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


BBQ Grill

Board Games

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Wheelchair Accessible

Max. Age: All Ages

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 10AM-9PM

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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